NHL Power Rankings Week 18: Coyotes Make a Move, Blues Still Atop NHL

Apologies for missing last week, moving out of state threw a wrench in my plans.

This week, Phoenix jumped up four spots while New Jersey moved up two.

The new formula still includes adjusted points per game (regulation wins count for two while games going to overtime count for one) and five-on-five goal ratio, but it now includes the fenwick tied percentages. All three are weighted to give more importance to Fenwick tied, then to five-on-five ratio, and lastly to adjusted points per game.

Here we go:

Eastern Conference

This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Bruins_medium 1 1 The Bruins remain in first despite going 0-1-1 last week, including a 6-0 loss to Buffalo. (Playoff Probability 99%) 1.177
Rangers_medium 2 2
New York is the latest team to entertain the possibility of trading for Jeff Carter. (Playoff Probability 99%) 1.127
Flyers_medium 3 3
The Flyers have been losing lately and Kimmo Timonen is decidedly not happy. (Playoff Probability 95%)
1.005
Penguins_medium 4
4
Pittsburgh saw Jordan Staal score in his return from a knee injury. (Playoff Probability 96%) 0.980
Capitals_medium 5
5
The Capitals are left hoping that Nicklas Backstrom can return before the playoffs. (Playoff Probability 65%) 0.956
Maple_leafs_medium 6
6
Toronto is stalling and wondering if they need to make a move. (Playoff Probability 57%) 0.937
Canadiens_medium 7
8
The Canadiens had a pretty bad first half, so it's worth looking at what went wrong. (Playoff Probability 9%) 0.921
Panthers_medium 8
9
Florida has a favorable schedule ahead of them, making a Southeast Division title possible. (Playoff Probability 87%) 0.918
Senators_medium 9
7
The Senators are seeing coach MacLean use Daniel Alfredsson in optimal situations. (Playoff Probability 54%) 0.914
Devils_medium 10
12
New Jersey is wondering what will happen during their playoff push. (Playoff Probability 89%) 0.898
Lightning_medium 11
11
The Lightning went 1-2-1 last week, only managing a 2-1 win over Buffalo. (Playoff Probability 13%) 0.891
Jets_medium 12
10
Winnipeg may be the healthiest they've been all season. (Playoff Probability 22%) 0.874
Sabres_medium 13
13
The Sabres have seen Ryan Miller go on a tear of late, making 7 goals in 5 games enough to get 7 points. (Playoff Probability 6%) 0.855
Hurricanes_medium 14 14 Carolina went out West and lost overtime games to Anaheim and Colorado. (Playoff Probability 1%) 0.844
Islanders_medium 15 15 The Islanders aren't going to make the playoffs, so they should trade goalie Evgeni Nabokov. (Playoff Probability 6%) 0.808

Western Conference


This Week Last Week Rationale
Rating
Blues_medium 1 1
The Blues are in love with themselves. For good reason, actually. (Playoff Probability 99%) 1.231
Red_wings_medium 2 2 Detroit has now won 20 straight home games. Asterisk or no, that's impressive. (Playoff Probability 99%)
1.205
Sharks_medium 3
3
The Sharks have seen their power play regress, and why that's good. (Playoff Probability 94%) 1.080
Canucks_medium 4
4
Vancouver went 1-0-2 last week, splitting the two shootouts they played. (Playoff Probability 99%) 1.051
Coyotes_medium 5
9
The Coyotes may see Jeremy Roenick as a savior of their days in Phoenix. (Playoff Probability 98.3%)
0.965
Blackhawks_medium 6
5
Chicago is reeling, but there's some simple solutions. (Playoff Probability 62%) 0.956
Predators_medium 7
6
The Predators were not happy with their effort against Boston.(Playoff Probability 95%) 0.942
Stars_medium 8
7
Dallas is seeing Alex Goligoski start to rack up the points, comforting with his new contract. (Playoff Probability 38%) 0.919
Kings_medium 9
8
The Kings may be running out of patience with Dean Lombardi. (Playoff Probability 52%) 0.915
Flames_medium 10
10
Calgary is told Mikael Backlund is a bust. Calgary proceeds to explain why that is ludicrous. (Playoff Probability 42%) 0.866
Wild_medium 11
11
The Wild still can't decide if they're buying or selling. Still? (Playoff Probability 24%) 0.859
Ducks_medium 12
13
Anaheim saw GM Bob Murray take a thinly veiled shot at Brian Burke, claiming Burke left the system in shambles. (Playoff Probability 3%) 0.845
Avalanche_medium 13
12
The Avalanche don't expect to be very active at the deadline, setting up a fairly similar team next year. (Playoff Probability 32%) 0.844
Oilers_medium 14
14
Edmonton resigned Andy Sutton, presumably taking another defenseman off the trade block. (Playoff Probability 2%) 0.814
Blue_jackets_medium 15 15 The Blue Jackets aren't helping Ryan Johansen in his rookie year, suggesting the whole team is just miserable. (Playoff Probability 0%) 0.740

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